sore loserman

 Posted by at 23:08  Politics
Aug 082006

Raw Story:

Sometime around 11PM, after calling Lamont to concede, Lieberman announced to a cheering crowd of supporters that he will file a petition to run as an independent in November’s general election. Democratic insiders say the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will back the winner of tonight’s primary, potentially handing Lamont a hefty campaign war chest.

“As I see it, in this campaign we just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead,” said Lieberman. “But, in the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward to victory in November.”

The Hotline reports that Lieberman will likely have the support of Republicans…

A senior Republican official in Washington confirms that the party might encourage Republicans and others to support Sen. Lieberman if he runs as an independent. There’s no sense, just yet, about what those signs and signals might look like. Says the GOP official: “I just think there will be folks who want to support – regardless of what we think. And, we don’t think that’s a bad thing.” And Kevin F. Rennie reports that some GOPers in CT are thinking about ways to financially support Lieberman’s independent bid.

Mr. Loserman Lieberman has been leeching off the Democratic party for the past 18 years. Finally, his true colors are shining through. I hope that, come November, the people of Connecticut will show him the door in no uncertain terms.

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Lamont vs. Lieberman

 Posted by at 21:05  Politics
Aug 082006

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator in Connecticut this evening. Early on, it didn’t look like much of a contest. The first reports had Ned Lamont leading by a large margin. As the evening has progressed, however, it has turned into more of a race…

10:00 PM ET – 76.87% of precincts reporting:
Ned Lamont: 109,239 (51.76%)
Joe Lieberman: 101,818 (48.24%)

10:30 PM ET – 83.56% of precincts reporting:
Ned Lamont: 120,616 (51.88%)
Joe Lieberman: 111,887 (48.12%)

I’m going to go out on a limb and declare Ned Lamont to be the winner.


11:00 PM ET – 94.39% of precincts reporting:
Ned Lamont: 136,353 (51.73%)
Joe Lieberman: 127,249 (48.27%)

It appears that we’ll be seeing an independent run by Mr. Lieberman. I think he’ll find it can be pretty cold out there without a party behind him. The Democratic party, which has backed him in his last three elections, has rejected him. Ned Lamont is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from the state of Connecticut.

11:30 PM ET – 97.99% of precincts reporting:
Ned Lamont: 144,005 (51.79%)
Joe Lieberman: 134,024 (48.21%)

Final update. Lieberman has until tomorrow afternoon to file as an Independent.

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DeLay cuts and runs

 Posted by at 15:08  Politics
Aug 082006

Tom DeLay says he is not a candidate for the House seat he resigned in June…

DeLay Vows to Take Name Off Texas Ballot

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dogged by scandal, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Tuesday he will do whatever is necessary to remove his name from the ballot, a step that will allow the party to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding his seat in Texas.

DeLay acted one day after Texas Republicans lost a court battle in their bid to name a replacement candidate for him on the November ballot.

“I will take the actions necessary to remove my name from the Texas ballot. To do anything else would be hypocrisy,” DeLay said in a statement. “I strongly encourage the Republican Party to take any and all actions necessary to give Texas voters an up-or-down choice this fall between two major party candidates.”

There was every sign they were trying. Several Republicans said local party officials hoped to unite behind a write-in candidate, possibly David Wallace, mayor of DeLay’s home town of Sugar Land.

DeLay resigned his Houston-area seat in June and said he was switching his legal residence to Virginia. He had already won a primary in Texas, and Republican officials there moved to name a replacement candidate.

Democrats went to court to block the switch, and prevailed.

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Tin foil time

 Posted by at 13:39  Politics
Aug 082006

I am most definitely going to have to make a run to the store to pick up more tin foil with which to make hats. I wonder who on the right I can send the bill to?

The conspiracies just keep on coming…

Lieberman campaign site, e-mail hacked

On the day of perhaps the toughest political battle of his life, Sen. Joe Lieberman finds himself fighting a challenge in an unexpected battlefield — cyberspace.

The Lieberman campaign says its Web site has been down for almost 24 hours and the campaign has been unable to send e-mail messages from that domain.

A message on the site says, “This account is currently under construction…please check back soon.”

Web site hacks during political campaigns are nothing new. But e-mail is now used as part of a get-out-the-vote campaign during election days, making this cyberattack a bit more noteworthy.

Lieberman is squaring off today against upstart challenger Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary. The hotly contested election, considered a referendum on the war in Iraq, was neck-and-neck heading into Tuesday’s polling. The election had also been hotly contested on political blogs.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack. One screen capture of the alleged defaced version of Leiberman’s site carried the message “Thehacker Ownz you System,” but there was no way to immediately confirm the capture was authentic.

The Lieberman campaign said it blamed “political opponents,” for the cyberattack, though it offered no evidence for the accusation. Campaign Manager Sean Smith said he has asked the local U.S. Attorney’s office and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office to investigate.

“We call on Ned Lamont to make an unqualified statement denouncing this kind of dirty campaign trick and to demand whoever is responsible to cease and desist immediately,” Smith said in a statement. “Any attempt to suppress voter participation and undermine the voting process on Election Day is deplorable and has no place in our democracy.”

Here is a screenshot taken soon after the Lieberman website was taken down:


Somebody forgot to pay the bill!

If you don’t pay your electric bill, your lights get turned off. If you don’t pay your hosting bill, your website gets taken down. It’s really just that simple.

But conspiracies are so much more fun, aren’t they?

Update: What really happened here.

Among those bamboozled by the Lieberman campaign today, aside from MSNBC (whose article is quoted above) are: CBS News, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, New York Times, several rightie blogs and probably a bunch more I’ve missed.

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More smoke

 Posted by at 11:53  Middle East, Politics
Aug 082006


The caption for the picture reads:

Smoke billows between buildings in the southern town of Khiam, Lebanon, Tuesday Aug. 8, 2006, following Israeli airstrikes. Israeli artillery pounded villages and hills throughout south Lebanon while a complete curfew was imposed on any civilians still trapped in the heart of the war zone. (AP Photo/Lotfallah Daher)

It accompanies this article.

I’m not so sure it hasn’t been doctored a bit. I mean, look at that column of smoke on the right. Doesn’t that kind of look like Godzilla?

I’m starting to see a conspiracy around every corner these days. I completely blame this guy. Guess I’m going to have to make a trip to the store for some tin foil.

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Trouble in Ohioland

 Posted by at 11:28  Politics
Aug 082006

It looks like their may be a bit of a problem with the candidate the Republicans have picked to replace Bob Ney in Ohio…

Ohio Law May Complicate Replacing Ney

joy-padgett.jpgNEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) – The leading Republican candidate to replace scandal-scarred Rep. Bob Ney on the November ballot may be ineligible to run, party officials said Tuesday, complicating GOP efforts to assure a smooth transition for the fall campaign.

State Sen. Joy Padgett was a losing contender for lieutenant governor in Ohio’s Republican primary earlier this year, and a state law bars politicians who lose one primary from entering another one during the same year.

One Republican strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said lawyers had concluded Padgett was likely covered by the law and thus would not be eligible to run.

Padgett, already campaigning, sounded surprised. “As far as I know I have a green light. If this were the case, it’s something I need to know about,” she said. “Yesterday, everything was rolling forward.”

She quickly consulted with national and state party officials. “I just told … them that if there’s something I should know about, call me back,” she said.

Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett said the party’s counsel would ask for an opinion from the secretary of state on whether the law applies. The secretary of state is Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican and the party’s nominee for governor.

Seems to be the law is pretty straight-forward, unless there is more to it than the Associated Press is letting on. She already ran in one primary this year and lost so she is not eligible to run in another. I am sure a loophole will be found, though. Do you really think Ken Blackwell (the man who gave George W. Bush a second term) is going to deny the Republicans anything they want?

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I’m cured!

 Posted by at 00:55  General, Lifestyle
Aug 082006

I am, as of this moment, officially done with men. I am cured. I never thought it would happen and never believed it could happen, but it has.

This did it:


I blame My Left Wing. If it were not for them, I would never had seen that picture and my life would have been able to continue upon its preordained path. You will find the story behind the picture over there. I am still in shock. And denial.

Now I’ll never get to sleep tonight or probably any night for the remainder of my life.

This is not right. Can I sue somebody?

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No more corners

 Posted by at 00:01  Iraq, Politics
Aug 082006

We seem to be running out of corners to turn in Iraq…

Iraq PM Criticizes U.S.-Led Attack

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq’s prime minister sharply criticized a U.S.-Iraqi attack Monday on a Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad, breaking with his American partners on security tactics as the United States launches a major operation to secure the capital.

More than 30 people were killed or found dead Monday, including 10 paramilitary commandos slain when a suicide driver detonated a truck at the regional headquarters of the Shiite-led Interior Ministry police in a mostly Sunni city north of Baghdad.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s criticism followed a pre-dawn air and ground attack on an area of Sadr City, stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia.

Police said three people, including a woman and a child, were killed in the raid, which the U.S. command said was aimed at “individuals involved in punishment and torture cell activities.”


(Click on the cartoon to view it full size.)

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